Sunday, June 11, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 12 - 13, 2023

22] Juneteenth Jubilee – June 12

23] The IMF, the World Bank, and Militarism – June 12

24] World Refugee Day – June 13

25] Naftali Bennett must be barred from Canada – June 13

26] Mobile Bike Shop – June 13

27] Russia out of Ukraine – June 13

28] Returning Citizens Task Force meeting – June 13

29] Virtual letter writing – June 13


22] -- On Mon., June 12 at 7 PM ET, get over to the Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road, Baltimore 21212 for the church’s First Service music program and the Racial Justice Ministry, in partnership with Knox Presbyterian Church, will be presenting a FREE Juneteenth musical community celebration - “Juneteenth Jubilee.” This event is being organized by Jonathan Jensen, bassist for the award winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Lea Gilmore, First Service Music Director and Minister for Racial Justice and Multicultural Engagement. This multi-genre concert (classical, jazz, blues, gospel, spirituals, ragtime, folk, etc.) will feature music composed by or for African American musicians. Email Lea Gilmore ( for more information.

23] – Massachusetts Peace Action [] wants you to attend on Mon., June 12 at 8 PM ET a webinar The IMF, the World Bank, and Militarism, hosted by the War Industries Resistance Network.  The International Monetary Fund and World Bank were created after World War II by the victors at the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference. Dominated by the US, both institutions were from the beginning meant to further imperialism. While the IMF became the world’s monetary police and financial gatekeeper from the get go, the World Bank’s early years mainly focused on reconstructing war-torn Western Europe and Japan. A few years later, the World Bank shifted its focus to “developing” the Global South. By the 1970s the Bank proclaimed its mission was to reduce poverty. Driven by Reagan-Thatcher neoliberalism, both institutions launched structural adjustment loans that required borrower countries to adopt austerity measures such as downsizing and privatizing public services, making them unaffordable to the poor. Both international financial institutions plunged countries, especially in the Global South, into debt crises and extracted wealth for the global capitalist class. Register at

24] -- HIAS [] is inviting you on Tues., June 13 at noon ET to celebrate the strength of refugees on World Refugee Day.  ‌ ‌We’re living in a moment of extreme difficulty for displaced people worldwide. In honor of World Refugee Day and Pride Month, join HIAS to celebrate the impact of lifesaving programs that support refugees in rebuilding their lives.  Register for the webinar at  

25] -- Just Peace Advocates [] thinks you will be interested in a webinar on Tues., June 13 at noon ET Why should Naftali Bennett be barred from Canada? Register at On May 29, 2023, lawyers filed a request on behalf of a Palestinian-Canadian and three Canadian organizations seeking to have the government declare former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett inadmissible to Canada before he is set to speak in Toronto on June 14. The request contended that Bennett should be denied entry to Canada pursuant to sections 35(1)(a) and (b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. On June 2, 2023, an application for mandamus was filed in Federal Court. This asks a judge to compel the Minister of Public Safety to make a decision on Bennett’s admissibility. The request to ban Bennett is specifically related to Bennett’s deep involvement in the development of illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian West Bank. According to a Peace Now report, the Bennett government significantly increased the development of illegal settlements on Palestinian land. The report also refers to Bennett’s support for the eviction of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem in favor of establishing illegal settler housing units there. In addition, he previously served as a Director of the Yesha Council – an organization that seeks to expand settlements. Canada does not recognize permanent Israeli control over territories occupied since 1967 (the Golan Heights, the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip). In fact, according to Canadian policy, the United Nations, and international law, Israeli settlements are war crimes. As the date of Bennett’s planned arrival approaches, a pressing question lingers: will Canada uphold the rule of law?

26] -- Jed Weeks, Bikemore [] wants you to know about a Mobile Bike Shop on Tues., June 13 from 4 to 7 PM ET at Lake Montebello.  RSVP at

27] – Join the Baltimore Nonviolence Center on Tues., June 13 from 4:30 to 5 PM ET at 33rd and N. Charles Sts. The invasion of Ukraine has the potential to become a war extending throughout Europe.  Putin has destroyed Aleppo and Grozny and has threatened the use of nuclear weapons.  Russian soldiers were sent into the area around the contaminated and still radioactive Chernobyl nuclear plant. Now they are stationed in the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.   People who believe in peace and justice should come forward and take the risks of peace. The burial sites continue to expose ruthless war crimes by the invaders, Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607.

28] -- The Progressive Maryland Team [] wants you to know that the Returning Citizens Task Force will meet on Tues., June 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM ET. Obviously this group meets to assist former prisoner in reconnecting with their communities.  For more information about the meeting or about any of its work, please contact Kurt at

29] – On Tues., June 13 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET, Swing Left is organizing Virtual Letter Writing. This monthly status update event is on ZOOM. When available from Vote Forward it will be followed by letter writing on your own. There are separate events to attend in-person letter writing.

  The evening will start with a 10-15 minute status update. When letters are available from Vote Forward, you will dive into writing letters. You can stay on Zoom to be connected to the in-person meeting or drop off and write at your own pace. Sign up as a volunteer on Vote Forward at It takes a day or so to get approved as a volunteer, so plan to sign up 3-4 days ahead of the event. Download 20 letters to write at the event and gather your materials. You will need 20 stamps, a blue pen, and 20 #10 business envelopes. Swing Left’s “Write Letters from Home” page has step-by-step information to help you get set up on Vote Forward and download letters. Swing Left is a national network that helps people find high impact ways to support Democratic candidates. This will contain on various Tuesdays through October 10. RSVP at

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph.: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] Go to

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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